NINE years of waiting for a leader has come to an end for the people of Naloto District in Ba.
This follows the installation of the new Na Momo Na Tui Naloto, Ratu Jone Naqiri.
Villagers from Balevuto and Nadrugu gathered at the chiefly village grounds of Tabuatolu in Toge Village to witness the installation of their new chief yesterday.
Tabuatolu member Iosevo Vosaboto said the occasion was an emotional event for all of them.
"For nine years, we waited for this day," Mr Vosaboto said.
"It has been a struggle and there was a lot of division among our people but we are grateful that we were able to agree on installing Ratu Jone as the new Tui Naloto.
"Many people were crying today because we now have a leader after waiting for so long."
Members of the Naqeleusa clan fulfilled their task of installing Ratu Jone.
Clan member Isimeli Qoro said they looked forward to seeing Ratu Jone lead the people of Naloto in the right direction.
"We have been through a lot but now as we install a new leader, we will now look to him to lead us," Mr Qoro said.
"He is our hope and he is now responsible for the three villages of Balevuto, Nadrugu and Toge."
Ratu Jone's son Ratu Neimuso Rasaku said the Tabuatolu family was grateful for the support of their people.
"It has been a struggle and at times, there was a lot of division," he said.
"But we are grateful to the Sauturaga and to their leader Josua Natuilevu for their confidence and their belief that my father can lead the Naloto people."